Are My Blinkers Showing?: Adventures in Filmmaking in the New Russia Michael York

ISBN: 9780306814440

Published: September 27th 2005

Hardcover

192 pages


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Are My Blinkers Showing?: Adventures in Filmmaking in the New Russia  by  Michael York

Are My Blinkers Showing?: Adventures in Filmmaking in the New Russia by Michael York
September 27th 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 192 pages | ISBN: 9780306814440 | 4.18 Mb

He was the raging, youthful Tybalt in Franco Zeffirellis classic film Romeo and Juliet. He was a divinely decadent foil to Liza Minnellis divinely decadent Sally Bowles in Bob Fosses Oscar-winning Cabaret. And he won over an entirely new generation in the Austin Powers movies. Now Michael York is off to make the biggest independent film in Russian history-in the capitalist Wild Wild West that is todays Russia. York is co-starring alongside the 300-pound, 6-foot-6-inch Russian bodybuilder Alexander Nevsky (think Arnold Schwarzenegger) in an action film called Moscow Heat.

With a self-deprecating wit reminiscent of Charles Grodin in It Would Be So Nice If You Werent Here, an eye trained on the imponderables of day-to-day life (especially in faraway places-what on earth did the hotels laundry list mean by the mysterious mens garment it called blinkers?), and with an increasingly alarmed sense of how the new Russia, for all its capitalist trappings, is becoming ever more like the old Russia under an ever more autocratic government, Michael York has crafted a deliciously readable insiders account that transcends genre.

Theres much here to be found about the actors craft, much to be found about Russia then and now-but most of all there is the singular pleasure of being in the company of a witty and delightfully articulate observer of people, places, and the remarkable adventure called moviemaking.



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